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Narrower EPA Power Plan Leaves Emissions Trading Up in Air

Aug. 21, 2018, 6:51 PM

The EPA proposal to replace Obama-era power sector carbon controls leaves state regulators and utilities with unanswered questions about whether they can use emissions trading to comply with the new Trump administration plan.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 21 unveiled its plans to replace Obama-era greenhouse gas limits for existing power plants, also known as the Clean Power Plan, with a narrower alternative.

The Trump EPA proposes to base its standards on heat rate, or efficiency, improvements that can be achieved at an individual facility. It would replace the Obama administration’s broader plan, which also urged utilities to...

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